Arrival in Paris 抵達法國巴黎

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到歐洲旅行一直都是我的夢想之一,當初會前往美國留學,也是抱著「將來要環遊世界,必須學好英文。」的衝勁出發的。但我也沒想過這樣的夢想會實現得這麼快。

抵達巴黎的時間大約是晚上7點半,長途飛行總是讓人身心俱疲(p.s.請一定要選走道座位)。一踏入戴高樂機場,四周全是是看不懂的法文,真的,我來到法國了。

不知道有沒有人和我一樣,每次下飛機,到了一個陌生的城市,看見不同語言的告示牌、聽著人們說著聽不懂的話,就會感到格外興奮,因為知道自己身處在不同的國度、不同的城市。忍不住開始觀察身邊的一小細節。

到飯店大約是一個半小時的路程,因為到市區後還必須要轉車。我永遠記得,在前往市區的火車上,做在我對面的老人,和他那雙充滿故事的藍眼睛。火車從郊外一路進到市區,從草原上的羊群,到法式鄉村的房屋,一直到市區的公寓。還沒來得及見到巴黎真正的一面,火車以逐漸沒入地鐵道。

點這裡看巴黎交通資訊:Transportation in Paris

轉乘巴黎地鐵算是一個全新的體驗,習慣了台灣及韓國乾淨新穎的捷運系統,巴黎地鐵完全給了我一個文化上的衝擊。有點破舊的車站、窄小的車廂、還有一些難以形容的怪味道各處飄來,這是我對巴黎的第一印象。車廂的車門必須自己打開(太驚人了),車上沒有冷氣,窗戶開開的,行徑時的聲音很大。種種神奇的地方真的令人有些傻眼,也不禁感嘆巴黎真的是個開發已久的城市了。這真的不是個很好的第一印象,但很快的,我便了解到,巴黎有他獨特的韻味和它的美。

Traveling to Europe has always been one of my biggest dreams. Even I didn’t see it would come so fast.

Without much preparation, we arrived at Paris about 8 p.m. after a long, exhausting flight. I don’t know if it’s just me or everyone but every time I get off a plane, stepping into a foreign airport, I just get this exciting feeling of “OMG I’m in a total different city!”, especially when you see those different language signs, or hear people talking like an alien.  So, of course, though I was tired and exhausted, I just couldn’t stop screaming inside “OM(f*cking)G I’m in Paris!”

It took about an hour and a half to get to our hotel since Charles de Gaulle Airport is on zone 5 of Paris, and also we had to transfer at Nortre Dame to get to our station, Ségur.  Riding Paris metro was a whole new experience, not in a positive way, I have to say, it was old and packed and a bit smelly,  therefore, my first impression of Paris was not so good.  But then I soon realised, Paris is gorgeous in it’s own way.

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(這個小女孩在地鐵上一直跳來跳去真的超可愛的好想帶回家~~~~)

一踏出地鐵站,我忍不住用力的吸了一口新鮮空氣,一往前方看去,居然是巴黎聖母院。因為只是照著地圖走,我也沒料到,原來這是我們轉車的地方。當時八點多,正好是黃昏,聖母院被照成橙橙的橘色,夕陽灑在塞納河上,河邊充滿餐廳和旅館,人們在露天的桌椅享用晚餐,四周是巴黎的公寓,每戶的陽台上都充滿了花花草草。全身的疲勞瞬間被洗去,真的太美了,是畫中的那個巴黎呢。

(This little girl was so cute on the train dancing around)

When I finally stepped out onto the ground from the station, I saw the splendid Notre dome right in front of me, it was breathtaking.  All my tiredness was washed away. The streets, the buildings, restaurants, and the beautiful sunset shining on the Seine river, it felt like a dream come true, IT’S  PARIS!

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聖母院周圍(Notre Dame)是巴黎很熱鬧的地方,充滿餐廳、小店、連著名的鎖橋也在這,可惜當時因為時間的關係,沒機會停下來逛逛,也只能從遠處看著聖母院。(可想而知過幾天我又跑來玩了)

抵達飯店時約是晚上九點,也正好是店家的打烊時間,天空這時才漸漸暗了,熱鬧的街道瞬間冷清許多。我和Nick站在飯店門口,很猶豫到底該不該踏進去,甚至還想了一下這真的是我訂的飯店嗎,看起來也太舊了吧。沒想到走道櫃檯前,接待人員竟然說我們並不在今晚的住宿名單上,正當我們覺得該不會第一天到巴黎就要露宿街頭時,他才發現自己拿的是明天的名單。儘管經過了幾番波折,我們終於順利的有了落腳處,房間雖然不大卻乾淨舒適。歐洲有許多飯店外觀看起來都很舊,但底面都有翻新過,所以設備都還算齊全。

我想整間飯店沒翻新過的大概就是這台電梯了,第一眼看到他的時候,我很認真的思考它是裝飾用的嗎,這不是電影裡不知道幾0年代的電梯嗎,沒想到20秒後我們就搭著這台電梯升上了4樓。

Sadly we were quite in a hurry so didn’t have a chance to explore the area, and could only look at Nortre Dame from a distance (but of course I went back again in a few days).

Arriving at our hotel was another funny story, it was about 9 p.m., the sky was getting dark, shops were closing,  and the street which our hotel was located did not look so lively.  The hotel itself did not look like somewhere I’d like to walk in either. However, as we went in, we were welcomed by the fact that our name wasn’t on the list of guests, and had to wait until the staff realized he was holding a list for tomorrow.  But after all, the staff was friendly, and the room was quaint, Okay, I’m not making a hotel review here, but one last thing I gotta say is,

the elevator looked so ancient and small only fitting 3 people with steel doors which I’ve never seen before in my life! (in the movies maybe)

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在歐洲旅行一定要注意,大部分的店家都會在九點關門,尤其是超市等,如果有需要的生活用品或食物,一定要在9點以前買齊,不然就要像Nick一樣,第一天晚餐只能吃自己帶的泡麵(而且還要用冷水泡因為沒有熱水真的很悲情)。如果過了9點想吃東西,可以考慮到熱鬧地區的餐廳,通常餐館或Bar會開得比較晚。

第一天抵達巴黎就經歷了各種奇怪的大小事,旅行時不管是好的、不好的,都是珍貴的回憶,醒來後,又是全新的一天。

If you ever travel to European country, please note down that things close early (sometimes it depends on the area), mostly around 9 O’clock all the shops would be closed.  So make sure you feed yourself well before you can not find any food to eat, otherwise you might end up like Nick eating cup ramen that’s soaked in cold water because we couldn’t seem to get hot water anywhere at 10 p.m.

Hotel Information

Hotel Baldi, Paris

Review (By Nick on Tripadvisor):

We were certainly disappointed with the hotel when we first arrived. The neighborhood looked gloomy and the whole street was under construction due to the renovation of the metro. I liked how close the hotel was to the eiffel tower. It takes 30 minutes from the hotel to the tower by foot.

When we arrived at the hotel, we were welcomed by the fact that our name wasn’t on the list of guests. We had to wait until the staff realized he was holding a list for tomorrow. Also, the elevator looked ancient and small only fitting 3 people with steel doors which I’ve never seen before in my life. The room itself wasn’t bad. Bad taste of carpets and bed coverings but everything else was clean and organized. There was a functional fridge with a selection of drinks and the bathroom was clean although the shower was so tiny that only one adult can squeeze in. There is WiFi in the room although you need to get authorized every time you log in. A safe was equipped in the room.

The staff turned out to be very helpful on the second day as they offered us cutlery and wine glasses when we asked them for them. And they informed us we could use the restaurant as it was empty. All the staff seems to speak good english.

Recommended for cleanliness, friendly staff, and the distance to the Eiffel Tower.

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